[rescue] DEC, ROM monitors, OpenFirmware - Re: [geeks] Last Call - Ultra 5/10 parts

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Tue Mar 11 07:00:35 CDT 2014

On 11/03/14 12:17 AM, Joshua Boyd wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 11:35:52PM -0400, Mouse wrote:
>>> PCI was arch-independent,
>> Pff!  Why do Alphas have an x86 emulator in ROM?
> Because they weren't smart enough to jump on the OpenFirmware bandwagon.

Let's be fair here. DEC's ROM monitors were always exemplary, even back 
as far as PDP-11.

I speculate some at DEC felt it would be a grave capitulation to accept 
NIH technology as a ROM monitor given their decades of work on them.


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